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Undergraduate Program in Statistics

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Rudy Guerra (rguerra@rice.edu
    Office Hours for Spring 2014 Semester
    2097 Duncan Hall
    Tues/Thurs 2:30-4:30pm and by appointment
    Please send an email to Dr. Guerra for an appointment.
  • Margaret Poon - alternate contact, Department Coordinator
    Office Hours: 8a.m.-5p.m.
    Location: 2124 Duncan Hall


The department's goals are to acquaint students with the role played in the modern world by probabilistic and statistical ideas and methods, to provide instruction in the theory and application of techniques that have been found to be commonly useful, and to train research workers in statistics. The undergraduate statistics program is flexible and may be oriented towards theoretical or applied training or towards joint work in a related department, such as Biology, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Political Sciences, and Psychology.  

Undergraduate Major in Statistics

The degree requirements in statistics are:
Eight core courses  

  • MATH 101 Calculus I    
  • MATH 102 Calculus II  
  • MATH 212 Multivariable Calculus   
  • CAAM 335 Matrix Analysis or MATH 355 Linear Algebra or CAAM 336 Differential Equations for Science and Engineering  
  • STAT 310 Probability and Statistics or STAT 312 Probability and Statistics for Civil and Environmental Engineers  
  • STAT 405 Statistical Computing and Graphics  
  • STAT 410 Introduction to Statistical Computing and Regression  
  • STAT 450 Statistical Design in Practice   

Six electives at the 300 level or higher   

  • Group S, statistics: At least 4 of the 6 electives must be from the statistics department (STAT) or cross-listed with statistics.    
  • Group O, other: 2 of the 6 electives may be from departments other than statistics.
    They must have a significant statistical, mathematical and/or computer science component and advisor approval is required.
    A list of Group O electives may be found here. 
  • A 3-hour Group O elective may be constructed by combining three 1-hour courses, such as STAT 490 (Independent Study) and 601 (Statistics Colloquium). Only one such course may be applied toward the degree.   
  • STAT 305 and 385 do not count as electives.  

In addition to the departmental requirements for the major, students must also satisfy the distribution requirements and complete no fewer than 60 semester hours outside the departmental requirements for a total program of at least 120 semester hours, as detailed in the Rice University General Announcements.  

Emphasis on Computational Finance

The Department of Statistics, in collaboration with several departments across the university, offers a subspecialty in computational finance. By strategically choosing elective courses statistics majors and other quantitative majors can compliment the primary major with this area of study. More information is available on the Center for Computational Finance (CoFES) website.  

Full details of course requirements are available in the General Announcements (PDF)  

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is available for Stat 280 and Stat 310. Make sure you have the following information:  

  • A copy of the course syllabus, including topics and textbook. If you can not get a copy of the syllabus, you will need the description from the course catalog, and copies of your homeworks or exams from the course.  
  • A copy of your transcript showing your grade and the course credit.  
  • A completed copy of the undergraduate request for transfer credit.  

Then email one of the advisors listed at the top of the page, asking to set up a time to meet. To make the process go as smoothly as possible, include all the information you have available electronically. At the meeting we will go over the material and sign your request for transfer credit.  

Scholarships and Awards